Laura Ip, Project Coordinator
Laura is a graduate of both Brock University (Hons. Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, concentration in Social Justice & Equity Studies) and Niagara College. She has worked in public, private, and non-profit sector roles and is the founder, president, and head coach of Underdogs Boxing Club, which is a local, entirely volunteer-run, fully inclusive non-profit organization that offers recreational non-contact boxing programming to the community, including women-identified and non-binary survivors of violence, and youth.
As a first-term Regional Councillor representing St. Catharines, Laura has been successful in getting Niagara Region to join the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities. Further to that initiative, she also brought motions to Council to have Niagara Region recognize racism, homophobia, transphobia, and all forms of discrimination or oppression as public health issues. In discussions about advisory committees for the work related to Niagara’s membership with the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities, Laura moved to have the Region create a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee along with an Anti-Racism Advisory Committee and a 2SLGBTQQIA Advisory Committee.
Kerry Duncan, Project Assistant
Kerry Duncan is a community-educated queer family caregiver and activist, with an academic background. Kerry is a white settler who grew up on the traditional lands of the Saugeen First Nation, lived many years on unceded and unsurrended Algonquin territory, and is now based on the shared territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat, and Chonnonton peoples – territory governed by the Dish with One Spoon Agreement. Prior to moving to St. Catharines, they worked with uOttawa students’ union, OPIRG-Ottawa, and CUPE Local 4943. In Niagara, Kerry is most well known for working at Mahtay Cafe and OPIRG Brock, as well as an occasional contributor to The Sound.